Dr. Edward Leong Way's oral history interview took place on October 21, 2014 at the UCSF Library on the UCSF Parnassus campus. Way was interviewed about his life and work by Martin Meeker, associate director, Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Way was born in Watsonville, California in 1916. His moved with his family to San Francisco in 1924 and ultimately studied pharmacy at what is now the UCSF School of Pharmacy, earning his BS in pharmacy from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 1938. (UCB issued the degree as UCSF was not yet a free-standing campus of the University of California.) After working as a pharmacist for a year, he went on to study pharmaceutical chemistry at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, earning an MS in 1940, then a PhD in 1942. Again the degrees were issued by UCB. Much of his career centered on the development of physical dependence and tolerance of opiates. His work has aided in creating a deeper understanding of the complexities of addiction. Way worked as a professor at UCSF for many years before retiring in 1987.
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